In this novel power is all about controlling people and making them do what you want them to do. The want or lust for power can cause damaging effects. Antagonist of this novel Jeanine Matthews is the leader of Erudite faction. She was highly driven by her lust for power which made her cause great level of destruction. She attempted to control the dauntless to overthrow Abnegation from the government.
To begin with, In order to give the idea of how society has become paranoid and unaware of their problems Miller uses analogy. Miller explains how many people due to the issues during this time and the different beliefs that people have for example, communism, have turned on eachother and have become suspicious of everyone. People are beginning to have a war with each other in which they have controversies over their ideas. They begin to lose trust on others. Miller uses the analogy “since the enemy is an idea whose proponents are not in uniform but are disguised as ordinary citizens”.
The most common form of reality control present in both The Handmaid’s Tale and Nineteen Eighty-Four is the elimination of privacy. The extent of the government’s use of reality control over the handmaids alone completely affects their abilities to act on their own impulses and think for themselves because they are forbidden from forming relationships with other people in society. It also makes them extremely suspicious of not only each other, but everything around them. In Gilead, the women function as lower class citizens while “the males in Gilead serve mostly paramilitary functions: lower echelon guards called Angels and an elite corps called guardians who frequently double as spies or Eyes” as stated by Elisabeth Hansot in her journal article entitled “Selves, Survival and Resistance in The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hansot 57). The complex social system the government creates involves a sort of hierarchy where each individual has a specific duty in society.
Violence has long been used by governments and authoritarian regimes around the world to achieve political goals and seek legislative control. These regimes assert control by carrying out assassinations, mass murders, and staged violence. However, the psychological effect on the country's population is much more than fear of death at the hands of political parties and leaders, it is fear of life itself. The nation becomes gripped by an ineffable fear and distrust where everyone, including trusted neighbors and friends, could turn individuals in for perceived disloyalty to the government. This idea is most demonstrated by the actions of Pinochet's dictatorship of Chile throughout the 1970's and 1980's.
In both the book and the movie propaganda was used to maintain power and control over the people of the society. The government in the book and the movie both represent totalitarianism, (Pierce, 2015). Fear is a strong, uncontrollable, unpleasant emotion caused by actual or perceived danger, (fear, 2015). It is one of the most important propaganda technique used in both “Nineteen Eighty-four”, and “Equilibrium”. We recognise fear used in “Nineteen Eighty-four”, because the people fear for their
Some people do not know what to do if they confront a huge assignment. However, most people do not know what to do, when they confront their fear death, and such a theme plays a huge role in Suzanne Collins dystopian novel “The Hunger Games”. Katniss hates the way the Districts are separated, and generally how the country of Panem is. She mentions a couple of times how she dislikes the rulers because of their acts and the reasoning of The Hunger Games. Generally, she does not like that everyone is controlled by the government.
The government is coming to take you away! Many people on this planet fear government control, so it is often a common dystopian theme. Some people, such as the residents of North Korea, already are in complete government control and brainwashing. A recurring idea in government control is the government wiping out a certain percentage of people to keep the population down, which is usually the people with less intelligence than average. In Neal Shusterman’s “Unwind” the parents get to choose if they want to get rid of their child between the ages of 13 and 18, but there’s a catch.
Power has always been desired in one form or another, whether it may be wealth, military power, or control over others. The possession of power concentrated upon one individual or group can effectively lead people by representing them as a whole. But when this power is forcibly obtained and applied against the good of the people, it inevitably results in the gradual and thorough destruction of society. This is shown in Shakespeare's play Macbeth and Orwell’s novel 1984 where Macbeth and the innerparty manipulate society , differentiating in the aspects of how power is achieved, maintained, and aimed. Power is not naturally present in everyone, nor is power readily accepted by those who are going to be affected by it.
In a society controlled by fear and ignorance, citizens believe everything the government tells them because they do not know how to think. Many novels have a theme of government manipulation, especially in dystopian novels such as George Orwell’s 1984. In the novel, leaders clearly skew the information that they give to the public in order for them to be too ignorant to speak out. In 1984, the first sentence is especially unnerving because the government changes history and the symbols behind the number thirteen and the season of spring. The leaders of the society changed the basic principle of time and other basic truths in order to keep their power.
Dim and Billyboy even become police officers because they are so desperate to gain power over the other citizens, and Bully seems to have similar actions in his future. The government attempts to control all its citizens, eventually going to drastic measures like the Ludovico Technique. Free will is more important than good choices: The Ludovico Technique causes Alex to reform and become better in society's eyes, but it also removes all of Alex's free will, which in some ways makes him less than human. The over-controlling nature of the government begins to take freedoms away from the people as police brutality increases throughout the novel. According to Alex, the violent nature of youth in his society took away his free will - he had no choice but to conform and become just as violent as the rest (or so Alex claims).
2. One of the biggest warnings in 1984 is to lose the ability to think for yourself and doing what you want. The party actual manipulates the whole culture to their liking. Throughout the story, the party basically controls all of the members of the society. Their ability to think for themselves is suppressed.